Introducing our new Process Facilitator, Wesley Days

We’re excited to welcome Wesley Days, Jr to our team as our new EmcArts Process Facilitator.

We’re excited to welcome Wesley Days, Jr to our team as our new EmcArts Process Facilitator.

Wesley is one of our four new staff members joining EmcArts this year. Read more about our team on our website.


 

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John Wesley Days, Jr is an educator, multi-media artist, facilitator, musician. His areas of expertise includes: group process facilitation, intercultural communication, global project management, and conflict mediation with a focus on creating conditions to uproot systemic causes of conflict over the long term.

From his work with the United Nations to his contributions to numerous global non-governmental organizations, Wesley generates opportunities to reveal the complexity of conflict and to help people navigate an uncertain world. His work is motivated by the need for greater cultural understanding and cooperation in the world.

His most innovative work was the nine country exhibition, Destiny 2000, which modeled how artists could infuse cultural and artistic expression into dialogues of resistance against oppression, in order to create a confluence of energy. Wesley is also the Brazil Country Director of The Lion Shade Group.

As EmcArts’ Process Facilitator, John Wesley designs and delivers process frameworks, content and theory about adaptive change and innovation, and supports arts leaders, organizations and networks in embedding and operationalizing adaptive skills.

Who and what inspires you to work towards innovation and adaptive change in the arts?

I am deeply inspired by the work of Rebecca Rice at the Living Stage Theater in my hometown of Washington, DC, and the work of Brazilian Theater Director Augusto Boal, who created Theater of the Oppressed. Rebecca was a performer, teacher, playwright and anti-racism activist for over 30 years, and I had the great honor of participating in community theater projects that she designed and led. After her passing, her work continues to inform my practice. And I’m inspired by how Augusto Boal’s immersive experiences enable people to analyze root causes, explore solutions, and celebrate the power of arts as an engine of social transformation.

What do you wish you could see more of in the arts and social sectors?

I wish I could see more spaces in the arts for social interventions that challenge the legitimacy and normalization of dominant ideology in order to encourage more egalitarian social relations. I wish there were more places to challenge how we define ourselves, and more flexible and dynamic facilitation styles that that help participants reconnect with their bodies, explore systems leadership, and develop their own consciousness. I’d like to see more perceptual and conceptual strategies that move us past outmoded or inflexible concepts of power and resistance.


About
Melissa Dibble, EmcArts Managing DirectorMelissa Dibble is the Managing Director and Lead Facilitator at EmcArts, bringing over two decades of experience in cultural administration and development of new strategies in organizational innovation within the arts sector.